What does the Lord's Supper tell me about Jesus?
Focal Passage: Luke 22:14-20,24-27,31-37
Life Question: What does the Lord's Supper tell me about Jesus?
Biblical Truth: Jesus paid the ultimate price as a suffering servant.
Jesus and His twelve closest friends sat around the dinner table. The disciples must have sensed something different in Jesus-an urgency in His actions, a gentle look in His eye, strength in His voice. His conversation was dismal as He foreshadowed His nearing death through a loaf of bread and a glass of wine. He asked His friends to eat and to drink "in remembrance" of Him.
We remember and celebrate people all the time in many ways such as President's Day, Martin Luther King Day, flowers on a gravesite, memorial scholarships; and so on.
Do you have any of the following on your shelf, desk, or wall?
" Pictures of family & friends
" Ticket Stubs
" Event Programs
" Pictures from trips
Why do you keep those things?
Jesus gave the disciples a tangible symbol representing what He was about to do so they nor we would forget the sacrifice He was about to make.
They were eating the Passover meal, which in itself is a remembrance, a memorial; A memorial of what? It was a time to remember the Israelites deliverance from Egypt. They did so by offering a lamb sacrifice. Now the Passover meal (Last Supper) is a going to represent the ultimate Lamb sacrifice (the Lamb of God) for His deliverance from sin.
As Jesus was pouring out His heart to His disciples one last time, they began to quarrel among themselves. Their human minds, like ours, cannot comprehend all Jesus was telling them. They were probably thinking about Jesus in terms of an earthly king. After all, He had been welcomed into the city a few days earlier as a King. (19:37-38).
Jesus' focus was on Simon. Jesus gave him another name-Peter, which means rock. But the change was not a replacement but an addition. Sometimes Scripture refers to him as Simon, sometimes as Peter, and sometimes as Simon Peter.
Some have suggested that the moment Jesus gave Simon the nickname "Rock," He sent him a subtle message. If He called him Simon, He was signaling that he was acting like his old self. If He called him Rock, He was commending him for acting the way he ought to be acting (See John MacArthur's Twelve Ordinary Men, W Publishing Group, p. 34).
The scripture reveals some of Simon Peter's personality and how he was ready to follow Jesus sometimes and then at other times, he balked.
Contrast this with Jesus. At any point along the road to Golgotha, Jesus could have stopped. He could have quit. He could have said, "This is too hard" or "This isn't worth it." But Jesus was obedient even to the point of death.
Ask: How do you relate to Simon Peter? In what situations do you find that you are
most fickle in your faith?
Fill in the blanks: I've told God that I would ________, but when it came time to be obedient, I _________.
What is your definition of greatness?
Who are some people that you would classify as having achieved greatness?
How does Jesus' definition of greatness vary from our own?
Have you set aside your daily time with the Lord to become great in the world's
eyes at something that really has no eternal value?